Professor 'luring' TN students brings higher education department under scanner

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, she has been suspended by the college administration following complaints from the students.

Pointing out the reference to the Governor in the audio chat which the assistant professor allegedly had with the girl students, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) said the Governor, the department of Higher Education and the (Kamaraj) University should have been involved in the luring episode and called for a high-level inquiry under the watchful eyes of the High Court.The party's State secretary K Balakrishnan, in a statement, urged the Centre to recall the Governor in order to ensure a free and fair probe.

High drama preceded the arrest as the woman allegedly locked herself in her house and a 50-strong police team broke open the backdoor and detained her. But, after darkness set in, she came out and the police whisked her away in a vehicle.

She has been booked under IPC sections 370 (Buying or disposing of any person as a slave) and 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with life or other imprisonment) and under the Information Technology Act, police said. Meanwhile, secretary of the college R Ramasamy held a press conference on Sunday explaining the action taken by the college. She will be remanded in judicial custody after interrogation.

Hours after a complaint was lodged by the college and a local women's association, police this evening arrested the lecturer at her residence in Aruppukottai. Her husband Saravana Pandi was a civil contractor and she had two daughters, the elder one studying MBBS in Chennai. She is also heard saying that some top officials from the Madurai Kamaraj University have handed over the task after carefully examining her for months. He said the university had a tamper-proof system in place and no paper could be traced to alter the marks. It turns out that Nirmala Devi was told by higher officials of the University's management to help them getting college girls as companions in bed in return of "awarding" 85% marks to those students who would also be paid huge money in cash.

Opposition parties reacted strongly to the developments.

She informs them how the officials providing these opportunities are someone of the Governor's stature and this would mean a lot of money for them if they take it up. "Undeterred, the professor tells the students that if they agree to the proposal the students can achieve anything", Ramadoss said. People must raise their voice against such issues happening in Tamil Nadu.